Seasonal drinks hitting the market
Fall and winter beverage roundup
As the leaves start to change color and consumers begin to shift their thoughts to the crisper seasons ahead, beverage-makers release their seasonal offerings. Below is a list of a few beverages created for the fall and winter seasons ahead.
Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
Purchase, N.Y.-based Pernod Ricard USA, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard SA, launched Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice coffee liqueur for the fall season. Available through the end of the year, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice blends flavors of pumpkin and spice with 100 percent Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum, the company says. A 750-ml bottle contains 20 percent alcohol by volume and retails for approximately $17.99.
Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale
In October, Newport, Ore.-based Rogue Brewery will release its fall seasonal, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale. The beer is made with pumpkins that are grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Ore. Once they have been picked, the pumpkins are driven 77 miles away to the Rogue Brewery in Newport where the pumpkins are hand-chopped and seeded, roasted in a pizza oven, and pitched fresh into a brew kettle to create Pumpkin Patch Ale. The beer will be available on draught and in 650-ml bottles.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. is bringing back its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte for the 10th consecutive year. First introduced in 2003, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has become the company’s most popular seasonal beverage, with more than 200 million beverages sold since its inception, it says. The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a handcrafted espresso beverage that features steamed milk; pumpkin-flavored sauce; and seasonal spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.
Guinness Red Harvest Stout
Guinness & Co., part of Diageo plc, London, released a limited-edition seasonal beer: Guinness Red Harvest Stout. The stout is crafted with a blend of lightly roasted barley, which brings out aromas of caramel and toffee, and is supported by a sweet, malty taste, the company says. Containing 4.1 percent alcohol by volume, Guinness Red Harvest Stout is available in four-packs of 14.9-ounce cans for approximately $8.49.
Caribou Coffee Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha and Pumpkin Chai
Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee released three seasonal coffee drinks featuring pumpkin flavor: Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha and Pumpkin Chai. Each of the drinks is handcrafted with pumpkin sauce made from real pumpkins to enhance the other featured flavors and overall beverage experience, the company says.
Narragansett Fest Lager
Narragansett Beer, Providence, R.I., released Narragansett Fest Lager for the fall season. The Oktoberfest-style beer is crafted in small batches and features Vienna, Pilsner, Light and Dark Munich malts as well as Northern Brewer and Tettnanger hops for a crisp but subtle hop flavor, the company says. Narragansett Fest Lager is available in select markets on draught and in 16-ounce cans.
Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, Holiday Nog and Peppermint Mocha
Camden, N.J.-based Campbell Soup Co.’s Bolthouse Farms brand introduced three limited-edition beverages for the upcoming holidays. Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte is a low-fat coffee drink made with real pumpkin puree, a blend of four aromatic spices, and 100 percent Arabica coffee. Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog is made with natural milk and eggs as well as vanilla bean and nutmeg. It contains 83 percent less fat and 60 percent fewer calories in every 8-ounce portion than regular eggnog, the company says. Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha combines peppermint and dark cocoa flavors with 100 percent Arabica coffee.
Pinnacle flavored vodkas
Beam Inc., Deerfield, Ill., introduced five new flavored vodkas for the fall and winter seasons under its Pinnacle brand. Joining the brand’s portfolio of 30 flavored vodkas will be Caramel Apple, Peachberry Cobbler, Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel and limited-edition Peppermint Bark. It also will bring back its fall seasonal Pumpkin Pie flavored vodka as a limited-release offering. Each of Pinnacle’s latest flavored vodkas is five times distilled with 35 percent alcohol by volume. A 750-ml bottle has a suggested retail price of $12.99.
Sambazon Energy Peppermint Mocha
Sambazon, San Clemente, Calif., will add a new flavor to its smoothie portfolio in October. Available for a limited time through December, Sambazon Energy Peppermint Mocha blends Fair Trade acai, chocolate soy milk, peppermint and shade-grown coffee to provide energy and immune support, the company says. Additionally, the drink is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan and gluten free. A 10.5-ounce bottle will have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
The Boston Beer Co., Boston, introduced Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple hard cider for the fall and winter seasons. The new cider features a sweet, slightly tart apple flavor with the aroma of cinnamon spice, the company says. Although the rest of the Angry Orchard portfolio sources apples from Europe, Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple is the first made with American apples from Washington state. Containing 5 percent alcohol by volume, the cider is available in six-packs for a suggested retail price between $7.99 and $9.99. It also is available as part of a 12-pack with three other Angry Orchard cider styles for a suggested retail price between $14.99 and $17.99.
Redhook Winterhook Ale
For the 29th consecutive year, Seattle-based Redhook Brewery is bringing back its winter seasonal, Redhook Winterhook Ale. The ale features rye malt and Centennial hops with 6 percent alcohol by volume and 45 International Bitterness Units (IBUs).
Beam Inc., Deerfield, Ill., added Skinnygirl Prosecco wine to its Wine Collection for the holiday season. As the brand's first sparkling option, Skinnygirl Prosecco contains 100 calories per serving and features a fruity flavor with a hint of honey, according to the company. The wine is available through the New Year or while supplies last. A 750-ml bottle has a suggested retail price of $19.99.
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